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Wisconsin State Park System Winter camping

If you have the right equipment and warm clothes, winter is a great time for camping. There are no crowds and no bugs and there's plenty to do; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, animal tracking, bird watching and ice fishing.

The table below lists campsites that are open during the winter. "Water" means a faucet or pump in or near the campground. None of the sites have water hookups. Information in the "Reservations" column applies to winter camping only; most campgrounds do accept reservations for spring through fall camping.

Park or forest Sites Electrical Hookups Water Reservations
Amnicon Falls State Park 2 plowed (sitesĀ 8 and 11) Yes Available through hand pumps in the campground. No
Big Bay State Park 30 (not plowed) Yes No No
Black River State Forest 3-5 plowed, 40 walk-in 5 at Castle Mound Yes Group camp only
Blue Mound State Park 25 walk-in Yes Yes (next to dumpsters at the campground entrance) No
Brule River State Forest 35 (not plowed) No Yes No
Brunet Island State Park 5 sites plowed, walk-in Yes (2 unplowed sites) Yes (at hand pumps by campground) No
Buckhorn State Park 6 walk-in, 1 plowed Yes (1 site) Yes (at park office) No
Devil's Lake State Park 9 group camp sites none, currently Yes No
Copper Falls State Park 4 plowed No Yes (available at the maintenance area) No
Flambeau River State Forest 29 sites (8 plowed) No Yes (hand pump) No
Glacial Drumlin State Trail (Sandhill Station) 16 walk-in No Yes No
Governor Dodge State Park 35 sites
8 plowed
6 walk-in
Yes (12 electric, 4 plowed) Yes (at park office) No
Governor Thompson State Park 3 remote, walk-in sites No Yes (at Woods Lake picnic area) No
High Cliff State Park 3 unplowed sites No Yes (at park office) No
Interstate State Park 40 walk-in (2-plowed) No Yes (hand pump at Group Camp, mechanical pump 0.5-mile past visitor center at stone building)
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit

79 winter sites at the Mauthe Lake campground (7 plowed), plus 5 backpack shelters

Yes (51 sites; 7 plowed) Yes (There is a wellhead spigot outside the Mauthe Lake contact station and 4 other water sites along the Ice Age Trail for the shelters.) No
(backpack shelters-Yes)
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit 99 at Ottawa Lake, 10 of them plowed, plus 2 walk-in sites (with plowed parking area) and 3 backpack shelters (along the Ice Age Trail) Yes (6 plowed) Spigot located on west side of Ottawa Contact Station and 8 locations along the Ice Age Trail. No
(backpack shelters-Yes)
Kohler-Andrae State Park 10 plowed, 18 unplowed Yes Hand pump in campground and water tap at the dump station No
Mirror Lake State Park 7 Yes (all plowed) Yes (at office; requires hose) No
Newport State Park 16 backpack
1 group backpack
No Yes (at office) No
Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest 3 sites plowed at Clear Lake No Yes (faucet in front of Clear Lake Ranger Station; hose required) No
Pattison State Park 62 sites, two of them plowed (33 & 34)
3 backpack
Yes (18 including one plowed site - 33) Yes (at office) No
Peninsula State Park 6 plowed sites at Tennison Bay Yes Yes, at the well house on the main road in Tennison Bay campground No
Point Beach State Forest 5 plowed Yes Yes (at office) No
Potawatomi State Park 29 sites, 4 plowed Yes Yes (at campground shelter, hose required) No
Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area Sites 1-60 (island campsites), walk-in; no snowmobiles allowed on islands No No No
Wildcat Mountain State Park 4 walk-in No Yes (frost free faucet at maintenance shop) No
Willow River State Park 30 unplowed Yes (9 sites) Yes (at office or service building, hose required) No
Wyalusing State Park 32 sites (28 unplowed, 4 plowed)
Yes (9 sites) Yes (at winter water hydrant behind the shower building) No
Last revised: Tuesday January 02 2018